Fast Facts: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous collection of respiratory syndromes with overlapping manifestations. As well as the characteristic shortness of breath, the disease is associated with a number of comorbidities that can present major clinical problems for the individual. This fully updated second edition of Fast Facts: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease offers a concise and expert review of: the disease process, its causes and progression diagnostic techniques, including lung function tests and imaging differential diagnoses the main clinical features, systemic effects and comorbidities current treatments to reduce symptoms and improve lung function in stable disease the prevention and management of acute exacerbations the latest clinical trial results, supporting aggressive therapy to reduce lung function decline risk factor reduction, primarily through smoking cessation future diagnostic and therapeutic developments Fast Facts: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is an invaluable resource for all healthcare professionals, full of practical information on the early recognition, stabilization and successful management of this multifaceted disease Contents Pathology and pathogenesis; Etiology and natural history; Clinical features; Lung function tests; Imaging; Smoking cessation; Therapy in stable disease; Acute exacerbations of COPD; Future trends

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William MacNee MB ChB MD FRCP Professor of Respiratory and Environmental Medicine ELEGI Colt Laboratories University of Edinburgh Medical School Edinburgh UK Stephen I Rennard MD Larson Professor of Medicine Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Section Department of Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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Drs MacNee and Rennard are to be commended for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a very valuable contribution and which addresses a subject of enormous interest and relevance to clinicians. Respiratory therapist clinicians, students, and educators will find this a current, concise, and readable addition to their libraries. --Respiratory Care, about first edition

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